So, I was at Gamestop yesterday and while I was checking out, lo and behold there's a poorly xeroxed advertisement for the Wikipad on the counter.
I asked the (very cute) clerk if there's been a lot of interest in the console. She told me that so far only one person besides me has asked her about it and she doesn't even know what it is, or even how much it costs, so she had to tell that guy to look it up elsewhere. I went ahead and explained to her what it is, including what it was originally intended to be and what it's become now.
I like to read about the history of consoles that failed before they even hit the water, but I've never had a front row seat to the destruction of what was arguably a not-so-bad idea. In a way the poorly xeroxed ad was symbolic of what the console is now. It started off as a reasonably priced, loaded tablet with optional physical controls but now it's degraded into an unloved, corporate pet project with a bloated price tag and as far removed from its initial fan base as it could ever get. Two weeks before release and sales reps don't even know what it is or how much it costs.
I've said it before and I'll say it again- wake me up after the holidays when the leftover stock is on Woot for half off.